Dimes for Dimebag

Laughs and riffs in remembrance


Losing a loved one can be a difficult time, and how we choose to remember the deceased is an important part of the mourning process. When birthdays and anniversaries pass that remind us of those who have died, those days can feel especially painful. One way to ease the hurt is to convene with friends and family to honor those we've lost in a memorial gathering that honors the things that made them special to us. And if you can get the guy from Crank Yankers to show up, well, you've really created something meaningful. In honor of guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's birthday (he would have been 39 this month), the Addison Improv, 4980 Belt Line Road, is hosting a charity benefit show with all proceeds going to VH1's Save the Music Foundation. The former Pantera member was shot and killed last December during a concert with his band Damageplan. Abbott stayed metal until the very end, however, and the Improv tribute aims to be irreverently appropriate in honoring that legacy with some of comedy's biggest (and most deviant) names filling the bill. Culled from among Abbott's favorite comics, prank phone caller Jim Florentine will join Mark "Chinaman" Britten, Emmy-winner Don Jamieson and Last Comic Standing's Shawn Halpin for an evening of heavy-metal hilarity. But the fun doesn't stop there. It continues with some face-melting guitar work during a performance by Grim Reaper guitarist Nick Bowcott. The heavy metal legend and Abbott favorite will be playing an acoustic set of Pantera songs. That's right, we used the words "acoustic" and "Pantera" in the same sentence. The benefit is this Tuesday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $20. Call 972-404-8501. --Andrea Grimes

Cooking Up a Plan

Upcoming Events


Much like the comedic pseudo-reality of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dallas actor and director John S. Davies presents a show that should be as funny as it is convoluted. Beem!--One Cook's Search for Celebrity follows the story of a man's post-modern quest to become "An All-Purpose Celebrity." The man hires a writer to pen a one-man show called Beem!, and the writer enlists an actor to play the man. Still with us? Anyhow, in what promises to be an acting triumph, Davies plays the aspiring celebrity, the writer and the actor. Take that, Larry David. See Beem! at 11:15 p.m. August 26 and August 27 at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane. Call 214-821-1860.Visit www.billbeem.com. --Matt Pulle

Back to School


Your free time is valuable. If Monday night at 10:30 is available, then you have the option of catching some comedy from a young guy named Steve Hofstetter on UTD's campus. His credentials are impressive: author, Sirius radio host, journalist, stand-up, award winner. His Web site proclaims he's "The Thinking Man's Comic." His material might be very enjoyable. Simultaneously, the same site features cartoon bubble irreverence such as "This show brought to you by the letter Q" and heralds his dominance of the college campus circuit. That's fine, but many college students also like Dane Cook...and Dave Matthews. Just saying...See him at Borders on Greenville Avenue at 6 p.m. Monday, UTD at 10:30 p.m. Monday or UNT at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Visit www.stevehofstetter.com. ---Matt Hursh

Heaven Sent


The greatest irony of Tuesdays with Morrie is that its author doesn't follow the book's teachings. Mitch Albom is a nationally syndicated sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press, the host of a nationally syndicated radio show and a frequent guest on ESPN's many afternoon and Sunday morning shout-fests. He doesn't have time to take time out, as Morrie would have liked. He's too busy writing books such as The Five People You Meet in Heaven, a novel/addendum to Morrie that's sold nearly as well. Still, don't let Albom sour you on the original. Morrie's a decent book. Its television adaptation won four Emmys. No reason, then, to think any less of its theatrical debut, which comes to Circle Theatre in Fort Worth, 230 W. Fourth St., with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays through October 8. Tickets are $15 to $30. Call 817-877-3040. --Paul Kix

Still Ill


The only disease a hypochondriac might never think he had would be hypochondriasis. But imagine if he did: No, really, I've got all the symptoms. First, I had to lie down because I started feeling really, really afraid of getting sick. Then, when I woke up the next morning, I was totally imagining that I had various physical ailments. Now that freaked me out. So I went to WebMD.com and did some research, and I think I may have contracted hypochondria. Seriously. I knew there was something wrong. That won't be an issue in Theatre Three's debut of its rendition of Jac Alder's translation of The Imaginary Invalid. Molière's classic tells of a resolute hypochondriac who spends most of his time consulting with doctors about his mysterious illness and devising ways not to pay his bills. The comedy runs on the Mainstage from August 25 through October 1. Tickets are $15 to $30. Theatre Three is located at 2800 Routh St. Call 214-871-3300. --Stephanie Morris

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